Alex Ovechkin Leaves Game Against Rangers After Just One Shift, Will Not Return

With Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie out of the Washington Capitals’ lineup against the New York Rangers, the return of Captain Alex Ovechkin and Alternate captain John Carlson were welcome bits of news for Head Coach Peter Laviolette’s team. However, The Great Eight’s return to the lineup lasted just one shift, as he exited the game shortly after taking the ice against the Rangers and will not return.

Ovechkin played a mere 39 seconds before he exited the game to the dressing room.

Shortly after the conclusion of the first period, the Capitals announced that their captain would not return to the game.

Ovechkin had not played since April 22 due to a lower-body injury and was a game-time decision prior to tonight’s game in New York. Ovechkin is one goal shy of tying Marcel Dionne for fifth-most Goals in NHL history.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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2 Responses to Alex Ovechkin Leaves Game Against Rangers After Just One Shift, Will Not Return

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    I doubt he returns before the playoffs. (So much for tying and passing Marcel Dionne this season.) Rest up and get well soon, Ovi.

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